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Chairman Williams: “Weaponizing Federal Resources: Exposing the SBA’s Voter Registration Efforts”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Small Business is holding a full committee hearing titled Weaponizing Federal Resources: Exposing the SBA’s Voter Registration Efforts.”

Chairman Williams’ opening statement as prepared for delivery:

Good morning, and welcome to today’s hearing which will focus on the SBA’s Memorandum of Understanding with the State of Michigan to register voters.

I’d like to start off by thanking our witnesses for being here with us today. Your input on these important issues is greatly appreciated.

This Committee is charged with oversight of the Small Business Administration. This is a responsibility that we do not take lightly, and today we will look into how much this agency has deviated from the core mission of helping Main Street America. The SBA is tasked with aiding, counseling, and protecting the interests of small businesses across our great nation. Instead of fulfilling these goals, the SBA has entangled itself in electioneering activities that not only lack a constitutional basis, but also betray the trust and purpose for which the Agency was established.

This MOU with Michigan demonstrates a gross misalignment of the SBA’s priorities. Small businesses have been crushed the past few years with stubborn inflation, high interest rates, and a significant labor shortage. And while all of these issues have been hurting Main Street’s ability to thrive, the SBA has decided to dedicate their staff’s time and resources to register voters in a key swing seat ahead of the 2024 election.

Not only does this agreement turn its back on the entrepreneurs that are struggling, but it opens up a whole host of potential conflicts of interest.

If a president and their agencies were permitted to freely involve themselves in elections, they could misuse this influence to stay in power. The American people need to have confidence that Agencies are acting to carry out their duties without the fear of political interference. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case, and as the SBA is planning events around Michigan, the American people are going to be left wondering if the event is only being held to register President Biden’s target voting blocks.

Because of the potential to misuse this new power to register voters, the Committee immediately sent letters and started asking questions about how the SBA is carrying out these orders. And as we started asking questions, the lack of transparency was astounding. It took the SBA over 6 weeks to even show us the MOU after their initial press release announcing the new electioneering agreement. Additionally, after an SBA employee was caught on tape bragging about the Administrator’s campaign activities, they failed to make him available to speak with the Committee until we issued the first subpoenas in more than a decade.

This Committee will not stop calling out this misuse of power and will use every tool at our disposal to get the answers we need from the SBA.

I want to thank you all again for being here with us today, and I am looking forward to today’s important conversation.

With that I will yield to our distinguished Ranking Member from New York, Ms. Velázquez.

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Governors Condemn Terrible Act of Violence

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Washington, D.C. (FNN) – National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Governor Jared Polis of Colorado and Vice Chair Governor Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma issued a statement today condemning the violent attack at yesterday’s rally and expressing their condolences and support:

“On behalf of America’s Governors, we are relieved to hear that President Trump is well following this terrible act of violence. However, we are deeply saddened by the tragic death of an individual and the injuries sustained by two others during the rally. Violence is never acceptable and has no place in our society. Our thoughts and prayers are with the former President, the victims, and their families during this difficult time.

We commend the Secret Service and law enforcement for their swift and effective response in containing the situation and preventing further harm. Their dedication and quick actions undoubtedly saved lives and ensured the safety of many.

This incident is a stark reminder of the need for unity and the importance of standing together against acts of violence. We urge all Americans to reflect on the values of peace and respect that define our nation. It is through understanding and dialogue that we can overcome differences and build a safer, more cohesive society.

We also call for a thorough investigation to understand the motives behind this attack and to ensure justice is served. It is crucial that we address the root causes of such violence to prevent future tragedies.

As leaders, we remain committed to promoting a culture of non-violence and to working tirelessly to protect the safety and well-being of all our citizens. Together, we must reaffirm our commitment to the principles of democracy and the rule of law, which are the cornerstones of our nation.

Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this senseless act, and we stand in solidarity with them as we navigate through this challenging time. Let us honor the victims by coming together and fostering a community where peace and safety prevail.”

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Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro Updates Media on Assassination Attempt on Former President Donald Trump and Victims of Deadly Mass Shooting

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In a press conference, Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro provided an update on the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump during a rally, as well as details on the victims of the tragic mass shooting.

The incident resulted in the death of a spectator and the shooter. Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the attack.

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Donald Trump Survives Assassination Attempt; Spectator Killed and Shooter Dead

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Butler, Pennsylvania, (FNN) – In a shocking and tragic event, former President Donald Trump claimed he was shot during a rally in what appears to be an assassination attempt. A spectator was killed in the incident, and the shooter has been confirmed dead. Details are still emerging as authorities investigate the situation.

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